Jan 17, 2020
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Heisman Watch

The co-sports editors and editor in chief adjust their Heisman frontrunners for week five

Vongni Yang
CO-SPORTS EDITOR

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.
With the rest of the nation watching, Moore was outstanding in the spotlight against Oregon State. Moore completed 70 percent of his passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Moore cemented himself as the top candidate in the month of September.

2. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, So.
Despite leaving the game early in the first quarter, Robinson still managed to rush for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Imagine if Robinson would have played the entire game.

3. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
The national spotlight is on Luck and Stanford this week. Luck leads a Cardinal squad that is 4-0 for the first time in 24 years. If Luck shines against No. 4 Oregon, he’ll skyrocket up many Heisman lists.

4. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama, Jr.
Ingram reminded many Heisman voters that he’s still the best player in the nation after rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas. With Florida next on the schedule, Ingram will shine and generate the buzz that he deserves.

Dark Horse: Greg McElroy, QB, Sr.
McElroy quarterbacks the top team in the nation. After a so-so performance against Arkansas, McElroy will get his opportunity to shine against a Florida defense that plans to key in on Ingram.

Tony Petersen
EDITOR IN CHIEF

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.
It’s looking more and more likely that Moore will lead the Broncos to yet another undefeated season. And you know what? Our hated WAC opponents (I can’t say rivalry) are as deserving of playing in the national championship as any other team in the nation. I, for one, would like to see that.

2. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, So.
Last week, Robinson did not even play a whole half, and he still ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Goodness gracious. Words cannot be spoken.

3. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama, Jr.
Ingram’s only played two games, but in those games he’s ran for at least 151 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for the reigning Heisman champ, though he does have quite a ways to go before topping the top two.

4. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State, Jr.
Pryor had quite a weekend—he threw for four touchdowns, ran for one and even caught one. If he navigates the Buckeyes through the Big Ten unscathed, he may be the Heisman winner by virtue of playing for a big name team. Regardless, Ohio State’s Nov. 27 game against Michigan may have more combined speed at quarterback than any other matchup in the history of the game.

Dark Horse: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
If Luck leads the Cardinal to a victory over No. 4 Oregon tomorrow, I guarantee that he will be “lucky” enough to make it into my top four. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all night!

Ben Ingersoll
CO-SPORTS EDITOR

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.
Boise State’s remaining schedule will be a problem keeping Moore at the top of this list, but the Bronco leader’s numbers speak for themselves. Moore holds a 29-1 record as the Boise State starter. Mr. Efficient has thrown eight touchdowns to just one interception this season.

2. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, So.
Robinson posted his lowest numbers this season against Bowling Green, rushing for 129 yards on five carries. The problem is, he only played the first quarter due to injury. “Shoelace’s” insane numbers continue to climb, as he still leads the nation in rushing.

3. Terrell Pryor, QB, Ohio State, Jr.
Pryor threw four touchdowns, ran for another and even caught a score in Ohio State’s 73-20 blowout of Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Like Robinson, Pryor has a lot to prove in the coming weeks, especially the Buckeyes’ road date at No. 11 Wisconsin on Oct. 16.

4. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, So.
The Oregon speedster has the chance to jump a few spots in the Heisman race against No. 9 Stanford’s stingy defense this weekend. James is second in the country with 158.3 rushing yards per game on arguably the nation’s most prolific offense.

Dark Horse: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
This is a big, big week for Luck. He already has NFL scouts drooling at his potential, but has yet to play a defense like Oregon’s. Luck was exposed for the first time last week against Notre Dame, but a big game in Autzen Stadium will catch voters’ eyes, if he hasn’t already.

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